One of the ways we can do that is by streamlining the way we license and relicense hydropower projects. On average it only takes 18 months to license a new natural gas facility in the U.S., but can take more than 10 years to license a new hydropower facility or renew an existing project. It's time we readdress this arbitrary and antiquated licensing process to make hydropower production easier and less costly. That's why last week I introduced the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017. This legislation modifies the definition of renewable energy to correctly include hydropower, allows the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend a preliminary permit for an additional 4 years with the possibility of 8 total years, and directs FERC to move forward on establishing a schedule following the filing of a licensing application. It facilitates the development of small hydropower and conduit projects using emerging technologies that improve the capture of energy along irrigation canals, municipal water supply conduits, and other infrastructure."Directs FERC to move forward on establishing a schedule following the filing..." In a sane country this would be: "Directs FERC to approve all filings INSTANTLY or get tortured and shot." Licensing takes 10 years. McMorris has been "trying" for 8 years to change this, but nothing has happened. McMorris also notes that the Trump administration is moving forward on establishing the possibility of considering to plan to say something about making a decision to think about starting to plan to create a task force to investigate the feasibility of a working group to consider:
Also last week, the Trump administration announced its plan to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. This EPA rule is one of the most burdensome to come out of the Obama administration. It's something I've heard about frequently while in Eastern Washington. You think about the impact it's had on rural communities, on our cattlemen and farmers— it's making it more and more difficult for hardworking Americans to be successful. I'm pleased to see President Trump moving forward on repealing this rule which targets our rural communities like those here in Eastern Washington.MOVING FORWARD? When Obama implemented this bad rule, he didn't think about planning to move forward on thinking about planning about moving forward on thinking about planning. He just FUCKING DID IT. Carville said: "Stroke of the pen, law of the land." Well then, "Stroke of the pen, NOT law of the land." Leadership means DOING THINGS NOW, not planning to think about moving forward. In fact, plain old fucking LIFE requires DOING THINGS NOW. If it's worth doing, DO IT NOW. If it's not worth doing, FORGET IT and have a beer. Let's compare again with Brazil, a sane country.
During 2016, 9,526 MW was added to the national electricity grid, the highest value in the historical records since 1998. The hydropower sector represents 55 per cent of this total. However, the recent recession experienced by Brazil’s economy caused a slowdown in electricity demand growth. The demand in 2015 and 2016 remained practically unchanged compared to that of 2014, mainly driven by the fall in industry consumption. In 2017, Brazil expects to increase installed hydropower capacity by about 4,000 MW. In December 2016, the 3,750 MW Jirau hydropower project, located on the Madeira River in the state of Rondônia, close to the border with Bolivia, was inaugurated.Brazil is steadily BUILDING NEW hydro dams. The bigger flows of the Amazon and Parana are mostly exploited by now, so Brazil is building smaller dams on smaller rivers. BRAZIL IS NOT PLANNING TO THINK ABOUT MOVING FORWARD ON SHORTENING THE LICENSING INTERVAL FROM 10 YEARS TO 9 YEARS AND 11 MONTHS AND 3 WEEKS AND 6 DAYS AND 23 HOURS AND 59 MINUTES AND 59.99 SECONDS. BRAZIL IS BUILDING DAMS.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.